Islam has 5 Pillars that all good Muslims must do.  What are your "5 Pillars" for being a good American?The 5 pillars of Islam are: 1. Faith: Affirms oneness of all powerful god 2. Prayer: At 5...

Islam has 5 Pillars that all good Muslims must do.  What are your "5 Pillars" for being a good American?

The 5 pillars of Islam are:

1. Faith: Affirms oneness of all powerful god

2. Prayer: At 5 scheduled times during the day, Muslims face the city of Mecca and pray.

3. Alms: Charity

4. Fasting: Not eating from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan

5. Pilgrimage: Travel to Mecca at least once in a lifetime

So, what do you think would be 5 pillars for being a good american? Please include in your answer why each pillar is important.

 

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Oooh... interesting question!

I would say

  1. Affirmation of belief in democratic government.  There aren't all that many things that make us all American and the belief in democracy ought to be one of them.
  2. Voting at each election.  The commitment to democracy needs to be deeper than lip service.  Voting shows more of a commitment to actual democracy.
  3. Volunteering.  We always talk about how Americans should help each other rather than waiting for the government to help us.  So we should be willing to help one another.
  4. Saving money.  One of our problems is that we borrow money from other countries because our own people don't save enough.  Saving money would help our economy in the long term.
  5. Taking a trip to see the holy places of American history.  As with the Muslims, this could be a once in a lifetime thing, but it seems important for everyone to know the values on which the country was founded.  You can learn them in school, but going to the sites might be more effective.

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The question is very broad and it will change from one American to another. There is no one set answer that all American would agree. So, here is another possible list.

1. The freedom of religion without fear of persecution.

2. The freedom for the pursuit of happiness.

3. The right to vote and have a say in the government.

4. Being charitable to all.

5. To taste the correlation of hard work and success.